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Skyfall

Kodaikanal | Tamil Nadu

Maximum 8 Guests
Bedrooms 2 or 3 | Baths  2-3 
2-night minimum stay

  • Pets welcome

  • High speed Wi-Fi

  • Luxurious amenities

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Cooking services 

  • Dedicated concierge service

  • Curated experiences

  • Utilities included

From Rs 20,000 – 30,000 per night depending upon season

SKYFALL Kodaikanal

2-8 Guests | 2 or 3 Bedrooms | 2 or 3 Baths | 2-night minimum stay

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WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL

EXCLUSIVE
CHARMING

Skyfall is one of the most spectacularly located homes in the Palani Hills, set on the edge of a mountain, hidden away from the bustle of downtown Kodaikanal. Enjoy wrap-around views of lush green mountains and the spellbinding Perumal Peak, with none of the speckled Kodaikanal development to hinder the picture. If you can pull yourself away from the scenery, then within, you will find an utterly charming holiday villa fully loaded with everything that makes for a perfect vacation in the hills. Make time for gazing at a star-filled sky or at the twinkling lights of the plains below.

 

PHOTO GALLERY

 
 

DETAILS

Location & Design

Set within a secure, private hillside estate and located just 20 minutes north-east of the Kodaikanal Lake, Skyfall literally feels like “the last house standing”. Your drive through a warren of homes, takes you along a seemingly precipitous road, with beautiful, terraced farms and deep valleys on either side. The end of the road leads you into a gated estate with just 3 homes set well apart from each other. Skyfall is at the end of the estate, and you can be guaranteed that there is nothing but sky & mountain before you.

 

Built about 10 years ago by a family who moved to Kodaikanal, Skyfall was designed by Bangalore-based Biome Environmental Solutions, known for their focus on the convergence of ecology, architecture, and water. The house merges with the steep gradient of the land and has been positioned in such a way that all the spaces take advantage of the jaw-dropping views. By using mud-blocks made with soil that was excavated on-site, Skyfall stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer sun. Sloping roofs and comprehensive rainwater harvesting ensures that the villa has never had to buy or exploit water.

Upper Floor (Driveway Level)

Designed on three levels, Skyfall’s upper level has the approach  driveway  leading  to  a  covered garage  and entrance  to  the  house.  A  mud  room  and  foyer  leads east  to  an  open-plan  space  comprising  a  modern island kitchen, a dining area and a bar area - the perfect way to bond and relax over cooking, drinking and dining.  French  doors  open-up  to  the  house’s  most popular   gathering   area   —   the   expansive   covered balcony.  Drink  in  the  ever-changing  panoramic  views of  Perumal  Peak  and  the  farm-filled  plains  of  Palani and its hill-temple, with nothing to hinder the view.   A passage  way  leads  off  from  the  foyer  past  a  small study  nook  to  the  upper  bedroom  and  ensuite  bath- room.  The  bedroom  has  a  loft  which  can  sleep  two young children.

Lower Floor

Off the foyer, a wooden staircase leads down to the lower level comprising the lower bedroom with its en-suite bathroom and large windows that frame the same beautiful views. On your right is a comfortable living room that is kept warm with a roaring Franklin woodstove. Behind the living room is a media room perfect for movie nights.

Lower Garden Level

The living room leads to its own covered sit-out and to a two level lawn - the lower lawn with the villa’s 3rd bedroom accessed from the garden and an upper large terraced lawn that is ideal for picnic lunches or bonfire dinners.

 

SERVICES

INCLUDED IN THE VILLA

  • HEAT 03 room heaters, 02 Franklin woodstoves

  • ELECTRICITY and automatic but partial UPS / Inverter back-up for Wi-Fi, most lights and 5A electrical points

  • FIREWOOD & BBQ starter firewood supply for all Franklin woodstoves inside the house;

  • COOKING GAS. WATER main water supply and UV drinking water

  • INTERNET complimentary Wi-Fi broadband access

  • SATELLITE TV Tata Sky

  • DAILY CLEANING daily room cleaning, bathroom cleaning, bed making; light house cleaning; 0830-1630

  • FINAL CLEANING; LINEN CHANGE weekly bed & bath linen changing.

  • LAUNDRY assisted laundry.

  • WELCOME MEAL courtesy of LUX, Indian meal, excluding beverages; for minimum 5-night stays only.

  • BASIC SUPPLIES basic supplies are available free such as detergent, shower gel, shampoo, liquid soap, toilet paper;

  • STARTER FOOD SUPPLIES such as sugar, salt, tea, coffee, milk, basic spices & cooking oil

  • PARKING for up to 3 cars.

  • LUXUNLOCK CONCIERGE SERVICE for welcome and farewell, villa orientation and 24x7 phone assistance.

AVAILABLE AT THE VILLA

  • STAFF ACCOMMODATION available only as part of the regular guest list and using one of three bed-rooms; external staff accommodation available near property at your own cost

  • ADDITIONAL SERVICES assisted laundry service at Rs 300 per wash-load

  • BREAKFAST; LUNCH; DINNER; MEALS Cook is available for wholesome South Indian Tamil cooking at Rs 300-500 service fees per meal; cost of food extra; 24 hours notice needed

  • FIREWOOD & BONFIRES Extra firewood for Franklin Stoves available at Rs 1000 per refill for all stoves together; firewood for bonfires available at Rs 1200 per evening; Weber BBQ (bring your own charcoal)

  • GRATUITIES (TIPS) housekeeper to be paid at Rs 500-750 per day of stay. All extras to be settled in CASH only.

  • LUXUNLOCK CONCIERGE SERVICE such as Advance Provisioning of the kitchen at Rs 750; shopping for basic provisions during your stay at Rs 500; arranging trips and experiences available at an extra charge

 

VILLA INSIGHTS

  • Skyfall is ideal as a self-catering luxury villa, but there is a full-time housekeeper cum cook available from 0830-1630 hrs, except on holidays and Sundays. In addition, your dedicated LuxUnlock Location Manager is available on-call or WA for any assistance.

  • Electricity supply by the government is both erratic and of poor quality throughout the year in Kodaikanal. The house comes with an automatic partial-back up inverter and batteries that runs most lights and electrical points throughout the house, except for the heavy loads. Wi-Fi is uninterrupted.

  • Water is highly scarce in Kodaikanal, and the house does not have a municipal water connection. It depends upon rainwater storage and a rarely used borewell. Please use water prudently.

  • Heating is available in all rooms with portable heaters in all three rooms. There are three Franklin woodstoves - in the Upper Balcony, Living Room and Media Room. Two bedrooms share a large capacity (80L) hot water geyser; the third bedroom has its own. 

  • Access to the washing machine & dryer is restricted to the housekeeper. 

  • There are two kitchens - a main western-style kitchen for light cooking, and one adjacent wet kitchen for heavy Indian cooking. 

  • Staff accommodation is not available on the premises unless staff are part of the guest list and staying in one of the three rooms. 

  • Kodaikanal has a major human animal conflict problem with Indian bison and wild monkeys. Please be careful when walking or leaving doors open. 

  • The location of the house makes it feel like its hours away from civilization during your first few trips in and out of town. Once you are familiar with the route, you will realise you are only 20 minutes from the Lake! 

 

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Nearby Attractions

  • Poombarai (scenic drive, terraced villages, temple) 40-50 minutes 

  • Mannavanur (scenic drive, sheep & rabbit farms, picnics) 60-70 minutes

  • Palani (temple on the rock) 2 hours

  • Dindigul (fort, cigars, and flower market) 2.5 hours 

  • Madurai (temples, street food, architecture) 3 hours

  • Closest Railhead: Kodai Road Station 2 hours

  • Closest Airport: Madurai 3 hours

 

SPEND YOUR TIME

How To Spend Your Time

  • Experiment with time lapse photography from the comfort of the upper balcony. With the moving sky and clouds and beautiful sunrises and sunsets, you will want to capture the moments, so you can impress your friends.

  • The in-house telescope brings the Palani temple, and even the twinkling lights of Salem closer to you on clear days and nights. With no light pollution, the sky is lit-up for star gazing.

  • Early morning walks around the Kodaikanal Lake and meet residents and city-slickers. A cup of masala chai at one of the lakeside shops is the perfect midway stop.

  • Take a wooden rowboat and explore all five “fingers” of the Kodai Lake. Hire a boatman and learn how to row.

  • Go on nature walks and learn about Kodai’s unique flora and fauna. There are several half and full-day guided hikes ranging from easy to challenging.

  • Visit artisanal food producers - from organic coffee estate tours, cheese factory visits, vegetable farms, permaculture, and learning to bake bread.

  • Play badminton, billiards, or a round of golf at one of the local Clubs.

  • Explore the bazaar & the Sunday Farmers Market

  • Go on scenic self-drives with a picnic hamper or just light a bonfire at home or enjoy a good BBQ

 

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